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Yosemite National Park Announces Merced River Plan Spring Workshops

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Date: March 11, 2011

Public Encouraged to Participate in Important Park Planning Effort

Yosemite National Park is currently working on the Comprehensive Management Plan for the Merced Wild and Scenic River (MRP). This plan will provide the framework for management decisions regarding the Merced River and the Merced River Corridor in Yosemite National Park. The park contains 81 miles of the Merced River, a federally designated Wild and Scenic River.

Public participation in the planning effort is vitally important. The park will be conducting six workshops this spring concerning various aspects of the plan. These workshops are designed to inform visitors and elicit feedback about management issues necessary to complete the Merced River Plan. Each spring workshop will focus on a different and unique management concern that directly relates to the Merced River. The public is highly encouraged to attend all of these important workshops.

Spring meetings on the Merced River Plan will occur on the following dates:

Date Time Location Topic
March 25, 2011
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Yosemite Valley Auditorium
April 22, 2011
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Yosemite Lodge--Garden Terrace
April 26, 2011
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Yosemite Lodge--Garden Terrace Transportation
April 27, 2011
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Yosemite Valley Auditorium
Cultural Resources
April 29, 2011
8:00 am to 4:30 pm Yosemite Lodge--Garden Terrace User Capacity
May 13, 2011
9:00 am to 2:00 pm Yosemite Lodge--Garden Terrace Science Forum

People entering the park to attend a workshop will have the entrance fee waived. These people should inform the Park Ranger at the entrance station that they are entering the park to attend the workshop.

Each workshop will also be available for viewing as a webinar. Online webinar participants will be able to view each workshop in real-time video as it is delivered to the live audience. In addition, webinar participants will be able to submit questions. For more information on how to view these workshops as webinars, and to learn more about the Merced River Planning effort, please visit http://www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/mrp_meetings.htm.

(April 29 and May 13 meeting times corrected on web version of this release on March 16, 2011.)

Did You Know?

El Portal Boulder Bar

At the east end of El Portal, just west of Yosemite National Park’s boundary, changing river gradients, glacial history, and powerful floods have created a boulder bar with boulders much larger than typically found in such deposits. This is no ordinary boulder bar, however, for it contains massive boulders over a meter in diameter and weighing many tons.